Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Chanel Spring 2012 Makeup Purchase and Review


My first spring 2012 collections post was the Chanel one, from the description of my sentence in bold red above, you can probably gather WHY?! 

I was there, at the counter I didn't even give the Sales Assistant the opportunity to ask me if I needed help, I helped myself to the Assistant; pointed and said:

 Me - "May I have the 'Blush Horizon De Chanel' from the 'Harmonie De Printemps Collection' please" (In my best French pronunciation, (quite a good one in my humble opinion!):

Assistant - "Oh Yes of course, You know what you want madam don't you?!

Me - "Ahh yes"

Assistant - "Anyt....." 

Me - "And..Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 'Bagatelle' also from your spring collection please"

(She didn't stand a chance, sorry, I think she was going to ask 'anything else?' who knows? Never mind.)

Assistant - " Let me just check the glosses because I don't know the name or what it looks like even" (She had to check, I should have her job!)

Me - "I memorised it, it's that one there, yes, there, that one PLEASE"

Assistant - " Ah ok"..."Anything..."

Me - "No thank you that's it, please, thank you so much."

Paid for and in a Chanel bag and mine, FAT smile on my face.... My pulse on the life machine has settled to a normal rate.

Sooo... One of the anticipated products and star of the collection is the 'Blush Horizon De Chanel' a Glowing Blush Harmony. One elegant compact with 5 multi pink and peach tones mimicking luminous hues of a spring sunrise and sunset! A wearable pink, rose and coral combinations with a stripe of white veil to neutralise the application. I can't bare to swatch it because it is so beautiful, but I am sharing photos which are just as satisfying, I will do a FOTD and show you when I pluck the courage to touch such utter beauty!

Chanel 161 'Bagatelle' is a light-to-medium blue based pink with a peach undertone and fine gold shimmer. The peachyness and gold shimmers give the pink gloss a bright, warm bubblegum pink with a peach/coral appearence. The gloss swatches sheer at first, but swatched heavily is fairly pigmented in comparison to the other Glossimers which are generally pretty sheer, I'll dig out my Glossimer in 'Mica' and show you a comparison soon!. Applied over a lipstick it's absolutely gorgeous and more opaque in colour when applied heavy, and after a while it sheers out like the other Glossimers. I like to pair it with MAC Lipstick in 'Angel', 'Creme Cup', 'Modesty' and 'Hue', it really settles beautifully.

All I'm gonna say is I'm such a lucky girl! Thank you to Toby for spoiling me once again! I'm still drooling over these two items I just cannot get over them that I still keep them in the bag and box they came in! Sad I know but I can't help it :)

Just One More...

Love Chanel Always!

Dyno x

NOTD: ORLY Nail Lacquer in 'Monroe's Red'

Orly Monroe's Red Nail Lacquer is a true red. It's the perfect blood red that would suit any skintone. I love the bright blue red undertone it has and is definetly a statement colour. 

Orly Monroe's Red is a 1950s red shade with a dense, rich creme finish. Orly nail colour delivers unrivaled performance and superior chip resistance for up two weeks of dazzling colour.

The formula is exceptional with this shade, It's not too thick or too thin but the perfect consistency, it applies smoothly with no streaks and is opaque on one coat. But I always like to have atleast two coats just for that deep shade of colour. Finished off with a clear top coat. 

I have my nails done professionally once a month but like to purchase nail lacquers/polishes of my own to take to my nail technician and have them applied. 

I paired Monroe's Red with a silver glitter tip on my ring finger, just to give it a gentle sparkle, I love the combination it is so glamorous!!

  • US - www.orlybeauty.com $7.50
  • UK - www.powderpuff.net/acatalog/Orly.html £7.50

Love NOTD!

Dyno x

Monday, 30 January 2012

FOTD Using Mac Daphne Guinness Cremesheen Gloss 'NARCISSUS' with Mac Rebel Lipstick

(MAC 'Narcissus' Lipgloss on its own on my bare lips)

(Left: MAC 'Narcissus' Lipgloss on its own. Right: MAC 'Rebel' Lipstick paired with MAC 'Narcissus' Lipgloss)

This is a quick look I did today, for the day I paired Mac Narcissus gloss on its own on my bare lips, for the evening I paired it with Mac Rebel lipstick.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation (Review soon)
Nars Pressed Powder in Dessert
Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Dark
Mac Bronzer in Refined Golden

Mac Eyeshadow Expresso applied with an angled eye brow brush

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly over lid
Chanel Illusion D' Ombre in Epatant
Mac Eyeshadow in Expresso outer v and crease blended into Chanel Epatant
Mac Eyeshadow in Brule as Highlight
Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eye Liner in Black Ink
Stila Smudge Stick Water Proof Eye Liner in Stingray
Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Shocking Indecent Volume Mascara in 01 Pure Black

Keihls Vanilla Lip Balm
Mac Lipstick in Rebel
Mac Lipgloss in Narcissus

Love FOTD!

Dyno x

Sunday, 29 January 2012

End of Week Haul

This weeks haul is a mixture of two purchases, samples and consultations.

  • Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster
  • Mac Paint Pot in Idyllic
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation sample
  • Dior Forever Foundation sample
  • Clarins Multi Active Day Cream sample
  • Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Eye Contour Serum sample

Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-up Booster is the most amazing face product I have discovered since early last year when it first released, instead of using a toner during the day, which I found was a little harsh to use day and night, I replaced it with this booster and my skin has never felt so great!

Described as: 'A morning radiance-boosting toner that hydrates, energises and tightens pores, promoting a clear, healthy-looking complexion.' It definitely gives me the following benefits:
  • Boosts radiance and vitality for glowing, healthy-looking skin.
  • Energising formulas hydrate, protect and minimise minor imperfections.
  • Neutralises the effects of pollution, late nights, fatigue and stress.
  • Created for young women leading active lives — in aromatic formulas for all skin types.

This was a repurchase this week, I cannot live without it! 

MAC Paint Pot in IDYLLIC, This is a high tech, high performance eye shadow in a Mid-Tone Copper Bronze. This actually is a more red based eyeshadow and I fell in love with it the moment I swatched it, I paired it with MAC Carbon and Cranberry Eyeshadows to get a perfect deep red smokey eye.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Sample. I picked this up because firstly this is a new foundation from Chanel and secondly the Perfection Lumiere is here to replace my old favourite foundations; Pro-Lumiere and Matt-Lumiere, so I thought being a beauty lover I'd pick up a sample to try out.

Chanel claims; 'The new fluid foundation by CHANEL offers a unique lightweight texture that glides on seamlessly, allowing adjustable coverage from light to medium. The skin-embracing formula becomes one with the face, offering long-lasting radiance and a perfect luminous matte makeup result. Available in 16 shades'. I'll do a review on it once I try it and as a FOTD.

Dior Forever Foundation Sample. I requested a sample of this foundation as I was wasting some time at the Dior counter and thought I occasionally use the Dior Nude Foundation so why not just check this one out too. The Nude is a lighter and 40% water foundation so it's sheer with medium coverage. So with the Dior Forever its a full heavy coverage foundation and I'm hoping to just add it to my collection.

Described; 'Dior foundations are the unique combination between backstage techniques developed by make-up artisits working on the fashion shows, Dior Skincare cutting-edge technologies and Dior's unique colour expertise for a flawless complexion and skin that is more beautiful day after day.' That's why I have to have Dior in my life!

Clarins Multi Active Day Cream Sample. I sometimes swap my Creme de la Mer for a less expensive moisturiser when I'm on the go, and as I have been relying on the Clarins Multi Active Day Lotion I thought I'd give the heavier cream a try. This Clarins moisturiser helps to visibly correct the appearance of early lines and wrinkles and neutralise the harmful effects of fatigue, pollution and UV stress. I don't have wrinkles or lines, but there is no harm in looking after my skin now so I don't worry too much later in life!

Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Eye Contour Serum Sample. I currently use the Creme de la Mer Eye Balm Intense, but I like to change now and again so I can visibly see results and know the products are working for me. I also use Clarins Eye Contour Gel and Eye Revive Beauty Flash and adore them, thought I'd give this eye serum a try for instant lift, firmness and tone, not that I need it but I love to try!

Oh and I had two skin consultations, one with Dior and one with Chanel just to see if I ever want to try out new products, I would know which ones best suited my skin type.

That's it for now! Lets see what the week ahead brings.

Love Hauls!

Dyno x

Clarins 'Colour Breeze' Spring 2012 Makeup Collection

Visit Clarins.

'It’s like the first signs of spring, a certain poetic grace and a hint of casualness. It’s the sheer lightness of a high-shine lip gloss, exquisitely smooth powders, fresh and truly unique textures; tender yet vibrant shades. It’s a bright, luminous complexion, beautifully enhanced cheek bones, ultra-shiny lips and naturally unsettling eyes.'

Collection Products:

Face Palette £30.00 (Limited Edition)

Like a breath of fresh Spring air this compact glides over the skin leaving it smooth and perfectly matte. Three shades of skin enhancing blush are embossed into the delicate powder which can be used alone, or mixed harmoniously together for a subtle touch of radiance

  • Colour Breeze Face and Blush Palette Illuminates the complexion with a naturally even and matte finish

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette £30.00 (Limited Edition)

A collection of wet and dry formula eye shadow quartets, containing four toning shades of satin and iridescent long lasting, super silky and blendable eye colour. Presented in Clarins' signature pale gold compact with mirror and two quality foam tipped applicators; one for defining the eye and one for shading and blending.
  • 08 Blue Sky (Teal, White, Grey/Black, Grey/Blue)
(Top Row, L-R: Teal, White. Bottom Row, L-R: Grey/Black, Grey/Blue)

Instant Light Blush £19.00 (Limited Edition)

A handy little liquid blush for an instant, natural-looking healthy glow. This cocktail of plant and mineral ingredients sculpts and smoothes the cheeks for a radiance-boosting colour result. The final touch for flawless make-up, its satin finish illuminates the cheeks and revives their radiance. Available in a range of shades adapted to suit all skin tones.
  • 01 Vitamin Pink (Pink)
  • 02 Coral Tonic (Coral)
  • 03 Brown Fizz (Bronze)
(L-R: 02, 01, 03)

Gloss Prodige Lip Gloss- New to Clarins £15.50 (Permanent)

A new generation gloss combining incredible shine, intense colour and lasting hold. Its highly smoothing, gel-like texture which is non-sticky and shapes lips, coats them in a veil of softness and comfort. 
  • 01 Chocolate (Brown)
  • 02 Nude (Nude)
  • 03 Rose (Soft pink)
  • 04 Candy (Berry)
  • 05 Grenadine (Red)
  • 06 Raspberry (Raspberry)
  • 07 Blackberry (Deep berry)
  • 08 Papaya (Coral)
(Top Row, L-R: 01, 02, 03, 04. Bottom Row, L-R: 05, 06, 07, 08)

Joli Rouge Lipstick £16.50 (Limited Edition)

This classic, creamy lipstick delivers stunning colour and silky-smooth shine. Formulated with the innovative extreme shine Maxi Lip Complex to help plump and hydrate for full, soft and supple lips. Deeply moisturising and long-wearing with a fruity, floral scent, this lipstick feels amazing from the minute you apply it.
  • 734 Poppy Red (Red)
  • 735 Baby Pink (Pink)

Joli Rouge Brillaint Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick £16.50 (Limited Edition)

This lipstick combines the transparent colour and shine of a lip gloss with the creamy texture of a lipstick. A unique extreme shine Maxi Lip Complex helps plump and hydrate for full, soft and supple lips, while the deeply moisturising and long-wearing formula provides the benefits of a balm with lip care ingredients.
  • 15 Pink Magnolia (Pink-Berry)
  • 16 Pink Coral (Pink-Coral)

Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate £24.00 (Permanent)

This magic corrector is rich in dermaxyl ®, a line correcting peptide, that can be applied directly onto lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores throughout the day, to keep your complexion smoother and brighter with instant and long-lasting results. Slanted tip makes it extra easy for targeted application.
  • The Magic Wand Corrector

When it comes to Clarins I am a loyal user of their skin cleansing products, I've been using Clarins now for nearly a year and a half and I have to say I swear by them for my skin care routine, however when it comes to their make up I don't always find I like very much, maybe the odd lipstick, a few of their glosses are really pretty and again I prefer their products that are there to care for your skin rather than purely make up. I mean one of my holy grail to go products is their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (Found Here).

So when it came to browsing this spring collection by Clarins I have to say after a long time I became interested in items to do with their make up. Clarins really know how to do it naturally with a pop of pastel colours for spring and the face palette is definitely on my list of to buys! In fact you know what I think I will be pleasantly surprised by this collection when I visit the Clarins counter, lets see what I come back with?!

Love Clarins!

Dyno x

Dolce and Gabbana 'Khol' Makeup Collection for Spring 2012

'Dolce & Gabbana’s Kohl Collection expresses the attitude and glamour of a fresh, and irreverent youthful spirit with bold and dramatic shades for eyes and nails.' 'Kohl' is Dolce and Gabbana's take on Spring 2012 Makeup!

Collection Products:

Smooth Eye Colour Quad Femme Fatale £36.50 (Limited Edition)

The eyeshadow quad in Femme Fatale encapsulates a set of the ultimate neutrals. Highlight the brow bone and inner corners of eyes using shimmering white. Create depth and drama using carbon black. Select in between shades of perfect taupe and loam brown for shaping and adding tonal depth.
  • Quad of eyeshadows
  • 4 varying shades and textures - (Shimmering white, Carbon grey/black, Shimmer Taupe, Loam Brown)
  • Presented in gold-tone compact with applicators

(Top Row, L-R: Shimmering White, Carbon grey/black. Bottom Row, L-R: Shimmer Taupe, Loam Brown)

Intense Khol Eye Pencil £17 (Limited Edition)

Khol Collection is anchored around a series of five new soft-tipped, pigment-rich Intense Khol Eye Crayons that have been specially formulated to allow for easy line work (to create flicks, wings and clean lines) as well as for smudging to create a smoky eye effect.
  • True Black (A Rich Carbon Colour)
  • Chocolate (A Velvety Cocoa Shade)
  • Peacock (A Vivid Blue/Green)
  • Dahlia (A Deep Burgundy Hue Mixed with a Hint of Grey)
  • True White (For Highlighting and Brightening the Eyes)
(T-B: True Black, Chocolate, Peacock, Dahlia, True White)

Intense Nail Colours £17 (Limited Edition)

This new collection of Intense Nail Colours will bring a dramatic flourish of fashion colour to the fingertips. Intense coverage nail lacquer, Easy to apply, Patent shine and long-lasting colour.
  • Wild Green (A Beautiful Verdant Shade)
  • Peacock (A two-tone Blue/Green Colour)
  • Chocolate (A Velvety Cocoa Shade)
  • Dahlia (A Deep Burgundy Hue)

This collection is just straight up simple and Spring fulfilling! Dolce and Gabbana just want to concentrate on the eyes and nails and their representation really makes a perfect to the point collection. Everone needs a bit of Dolce and Gabbana in their life, the eye kohls are calling me! How about you?

Available exclusively at Harrods now and Internationally at Exclusive Dolce and Gabbana Counters.

Lets Sparkle away...Love Dolce and Gabbana!

Dyno x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Crème de la Mer - My Miracle Cream

Discover luxury skin care, body care and make up from Crème de la Mer UK official site.

The Heritage:

'Forty years ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber set out to help improve the appearance of the scars he suffered in a lab accident. Pioneering the use of sea kelp and bio-fermentation in skin care, he created Miracle Broth TM - the elixir known for its renewing energies that powers the legendary  Crème  de la Mer. It took twelve years and thousands of experiments to perfect, but the results were transformational. Just as Dr. Huber hoped, his skin appeared dramatically renewed - softer, smoother, more supple and refined.'

The Miracle:

'The sea, keeper of natures best secrets, a miraculous resource covering over 70% of our planet, its mysteries are deep, power unmatched, its beauty endless. Dr. Max Huber suffered in a laboratory accident that burnt his skin, he looked to the power of the sea to help improve his scarred appearance. Dr. Huber harvested sea kelp off the pacific coast, rich in nutrients he combined them with vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other natural ingredients. He maticulously bio-fermented these ingrediants for 3-4 months, energies of sound and light waves were continuously pumped into the fermentation process unleashing miraculous benefits.'

'Daily use of La Mer skin care products help transform the look of skin and at first touch skin is soothed, moisturised and looks rejuvinated. used everyday skin looks softer, smoother and firmer,  lines and wrinkles are less apparent, the result, renewed, luminous beautiful looking skin. Dr. Huber understood the power of the living sea, he harnessed its beauty and miraculous properties. His respect for the sea and dedication to discovery will always be at the heart of  Crème de la Mer.'

There are four types of La Mer creams which are part of 'The Moisture Collection':
  • Crème de la Mer
    • The legendary Crème that has inspired a cult following.
  • Gel de la Mer
    • This ultralight edition of the original Crème de la Mer instantly refreshes and hydrates the skin.
  • Emulsion de la Mer - The Moisturising Lotion
    • A versatile, lightweight version of the legendary Crème de la Mer.
  • Emulsion de la Mer - The Oil Absorbing Lotion
    • A versatile, oil-free version of the legendary Crème de la Mer.


Crème de la Mer's Miracle Broth™ is suspended within its extraordinary formula. To release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips.  As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the broth.  Smooth over your face, neck, even under the fragile eye area. Apply day and night for a lifetime.

What I have used:

I've used three of the four creams from the La Mer range - Crème de la Mer, Gel de la Mer and The Moisturising Lotion. These in my honest opinion have all worked brilliantly and the claims made by La Mer, in my case really live up their descriptions. Some people just didn't find these worked at all, some swear by them, other's are not so sure and some still sitting on the fence neither here neither there. For me I'm one of those who really believes that this cream has worked wonders on my skin.

My skin type:
  • Normal to combination
  • No blemishes
  • Not oily
  • Generally clear
  • Healthy with a natural glow to the complexion
  • Basically I'm confident to go out without any make up in my bare skin

My Verdict:

I have only recently started using Crème de la Mer since last summer, Crème de la Mer the original is a very thick moisturising broth cream and I find it mostly suitable during the winter months due to its thick formula, plus I guess this is why it's so famous for its healing properties. My skin doesn't need intense treatment so Crème de la Mer is a heavier cream for my skin and I find with the use of serums it gets too much, not to say I won't be using it I adapt the creams according to the needs of my skin and I use it more in the colder months. My skin is very hydrated, radiant, very soft and smooth.

Gel de la Mer is my most favourite formula of the La Mer Crème purely because of it's lighter more sorbet/fluffy texture in comparison to the originel Crème de la Mer, my skin drinks the Gel de la Mer and adapts really well to it. I prefer to use Gel de la Mer at night over a serum as the balance is just perfect for my skin, even when I wake up in the morning my skin is very soft, smooth and radiant, in fact I can still feel the calming and soothing effect of the Crème when I wake up. I even like the healing and radiance properties this has which overnight makes my skin rejuvenated and keeps it clear.

The Moisturising Lotion is also a brilliant version and I prefer to use this during the day before applying my makeup and after a serum, because my skin doesn't feel like I have loaded a lot of product onto it. During the day I need something that gives my skin hydration without being too rich and heavy in it's formula, this lotion does just that. My make up applies beautifully and my skin is always soft and smooth.

I know many peoples concern is the BIG and EXPENSIVE price tag this Miracle Crème Broth comes with, in fact with all of their products come with a price tag. With so many different creams on the market claiming to give your skin plenty of benefits, I guess at the end of the day it's what your skin adapts to well and is giving you the desired effect is what matters, personally I like to invest my money in something I know has worked for me, but I always prefer to sample a product before I purchase it and I did just that before I finally knew I had found the one cream I could rely and trust so much for the beauty of my skin. Here's my tiny samples I thought were too cute not to show!

Beautiful and Healthy skin...Love Crème de la Mer!

Dyno x

Guerlain Spring 2012 Collection - Les Roses Et Le Noir

(Les Roses Et Le Noir - The Pinks and The Blacks Collection)

Guerlain tells the story of spring by pairing bursts of pink along side the intensity of black. Sophisticated and elegant, this color collection defines femininity while also revealing one’s inner seductress. 

Collection Products:

Meteorites Cruel Gardenia £41.00 (Limited Edition)

Packaged within the legendary rosette of the Météorites Perles, a stunning pink flower is found. Named after one of the Exclusive Fragrances from the House of Guerlain, Météorites Cruel Gardenia will light up the skin with a subtly iridescent veil. Create a radiant complexion by applying all over the face or in a specific area such as the cheekbones to structure the face.

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact -The Pink Collection £29.50 (Limited Edition)

As an ode to the color pink, four new glamorous shades have been created this spring in its honor. With a dash of ruby powder, hyaluronic acid to smooth and plump, a hint of filling Gugul resin, plumping Tiger Grass, and wild mango butter for perfect hydration, your lips will be left radiant and as soft as a flower petal.
  • 72 Rose Innocent
  • 73 Rose Ensoleillé
  • 74 Rose Piquant
  • 75 Rose Barbare
(L-R: 73, 74, 72, 75)

Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £53.50 (Permanent)

66 Boulevard du Montparnasse Within one case lays 6 eyeshadow colors. A wardrobe for the eyes! Whether you create a tone-on-tone, couture or smoky eye look, the result is captivating. Moonstone, the key ingredient, adorns the eyes with its silvery reflection and lamellar structure to keep the eyeshadow in place longer for a fresher look.
  • Pink (Centre)
  • Pearl Mauve (Centre right)
  • Tea Rose (Top left)
  • Soft Violet (Bottom left)
  • Soft Pink (Bottom centre)
  • Plum Liner (Far Right)

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Long-Lasting Eyeshadows £37.00 (Permanent)

Specially designed to be used together, GUERLAIN colours can be mixed, matched and blended with no fear of mistakes. Each colour is unique. GUERLAIN created each tone individually to give it just the right texture that reveals it without detracting from its beauty
  • 12 Les Aquas - For a sophisticated and stunning gaze, this palette mixes an iridescent blue, a matte navy, a velvety turquoise and a glacier metallic blue
  • 11 Les Roses - Consisting of an iridescent pink with pearl particles, a matte pink, a metallic violet, and a raspberry shade with a velvety finish, this palette allows you to create a fresh yet seductive look

(L-R: 12 Les Aquas, 11 Les Roses)

Kiss Kiss Gloss £21.00 (Permanent)

Extreme Shine, Radiant Colour. KissKiss Gloss is a winning formula that combines extreme shine and radiant shades. A texture with mirror shine and a magnifying effect that is soft without a hint of stickiness for an incomparable feel.
  • 869 Rose in Bloom (Pure pastel pink)
  • 871 Frosted Rose (Off-white with delicate, subtle pink mother-of-pearl particles)
  • 870 Cherry Pink (Gourmand pastel but more a Intense fuchsia)
  • 872 Flush Pink (Intense fuchsia, more of a saturated baby pink)

(L-R: 869, 871, 870, 872)

Mascara Noir G de Guerlain £35.00 with £19.00 for refills hereafter (Permanent)

Once upon a time, an enchanted story of lashes, experience the new GUERLAIN innovation, a jewel for your eyes: Noir G, the first REFILLABLE and Complete mascara with an integrated mirror. It's unique formula combines power of colour and extreme volume.

An interesting and beautiful collection for spring from Guerlain, the good thing about this collection is that the palettes and kiss kiss glosses along with the mascara are a permanent edition so there's no rush to go out and purchase them straight away. The Meteorites Cruel Gardenia is a great highlighter to snap up along with the lipsticks, both of these items are limited edition. The mascara will be an interesting item to try out as its a compact and refill! And I really want the highlighter! What will you be purchasing?

Love Guerlain.

Dyno x